Aid group Save the Children closes all offices in Pakistan

AP
Published Jun 13, 2015, 10:17 pm IST
Updated Mar 28, 2019, 9:33 pm IST
The organisation was accused of working against Pakistan
A Pakistani police officer stands guard outside a sealed 'Save the Children' office in Islamabad, Pakistan (Photo: AP)
 A Pakistani police officer stands guard outside a sealed 'Save the Children' office in Islamabad, Pakistan (Photo: AP)

Islamabad: A local worker with the international aid group Save the Children says the group has shut down all its offices in Pakistan after the government shuttered its main office in Islamabad, raising fear among other organizations whether the government could target them next.

The worker said Saturday that the group "voluntarily" closed its offices Friday in Peshawar, Karachi, Lahore and Quetta. He spoke on condition of anonymity, as the group hadn't authorized him to speak publicly.

 

The move came after Pakistan's government on Thursday shut the group's main office in Islamabad for allegedly violating its charter.

The decision drew international criticism, but Pakistan says it will not allow any non-government organization to work against its interests.

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